About Oxfam Shop
Oxfam Shop is a passionate supporter of fair trade and work with 136 Fair Trade and ethical producer partners in 38 countries around the world, including Australia. Through fair trade we are part of a global movement calling for an end to unfair trade practices. Fair trade empowers disadvantaged communities by paying them fair and stable prices for their work, helping them to gain the skills they need to develop their business, and giving them access to world markets.
Oxfam Shop is registered as a Fair Trade Organisation by the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) and shares its goals:
- Commitment to fair trade
- Transparency in business practices
- Ethical workplaces
- Equal employment opportunities
- Concern for people and the environment
- Education about and advocacy of fair trade.
All our tea, coffee, cocoa, and chocolate carry the Fairtrade logo and we are adding more Fairtrade products all the time. The Fairtrade logo is your guarantee that the product has been produced and traded in accordance with international fair trade standards. Many of our overseas producer partners are registered as Fair Trade Organisations and our Australian suppliers need to assure us that their products meet minimum ethical requirements.
A bit of background
Oxfam Australia began as Community Aid Abroad more than 60 years ago but its present name enables it to share in a profile that is recognised around the world. Oxfam Shop is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oxfam Australia and although we operate in a fiercely competitive retail environment we are a non-profit organisation. Any surplus we make goes towards our further development or the work of Oxfam Australia in alleviating the condition of communities living with poverty and injustice.
The foods and handcrafts found in our shops, on our web site and in our catalogues are sourced from individual workers, craft bodies and fair trade organisations in developing countries. We buy their goods at a fair price and sell them in Australia so that communities may be helped in their struggle for a better life. We help with product development and commercial skills so the workers can become self-reliant in a wider market. We don’t send a design to a supplier and tell them to make it. Instead, we ask what they can do and collaborate with them in developing the product based on market trends, pricing, and the possibility of low-cost technical innovations. We can pay as much as 50% of the order value in advance for groups that require capital. Also, we commit ourselves to ongoing relationships rather than just making one-off purchases.
We strive to ensure that our producers are not exploited and we are sensitive to their cultural, religious and artistic traditions and beliefs.
Aboriginal artists receive royalties for the artwork used in the cards and calendars Oxfam Shop issues each Christmas. We are committed to reconciliation, learning from the past and finding fair ways of coexisting and ensuring the basic rights of indigenous Australians.
We care for the environment by supporting the use of recycled or recyclable materials wherever possible. We try to keep packaging to an effective minimum while bearing in mind the distance our products have to travel and the handling involved.
While we recognise the need in many countries for children to work if the family is to make ends meet, we condemn children working if it is in any way exploitative or detrimental to the child's health and education.
Oxfam Shop is making a difference and so can you by choosing from our growing range of products online and in store.
Ways of working
Oxfam Australia Trading (OAT) is a Fair Trade Organisation and as such we adhere to the principles and policies of the two peak fair trade bodies – the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) and the Fairtrade Labelling Organisation (FLO).
More information on our ways of working can be found here.
One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilising the power of people against poverty.
Around the globe, Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. We save lives and help rebuild livelihoods when crisis strikes. And we campaign so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions that affect them.
In all we do, Oxfam works with partner organisations and alongside vulnerable women and men to end the injustices that cause poverty.
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